I consider myself a pretty good shopper. But, most of the time I just have a good eye. To be a good shopper, I think you have to have that right mix of keen eye and luck. Because finding what you want for an unbelievable price isn't just knowing where to look or what you want to pay - it's finding someone willing to sell it for less than it is worth.
Take this house for example.
Not a typo. $46,000.
The house was built in 2002. Is in a decent neighborhood (most of the houses I find at this price level are ex-crack houses next to current crack houses) - located about 15 minutes from downtown Austin.
The only downside of the house was the fact that I found it after it had already been put under contract. Breaks my heart. Oh, well. I just have to believe that our dream house hasn't come along yet.